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FUM News in Brief – September/October 2013

UPDATE: Double Your Gift, Double the Impact Spring 2013 Matching Gift Opportunity

FUM is thrilled to announce that through the faithful, generous response to the matching gift opportunity, the goal of $45,000 was exceeded. A total of $52,597.26 was received, allowing FUM to start the new fiscal year prepared to equip and energize the worldwide community it serves.

Your continual support for the General Fund is welcomed. If you would like information secure, electronic monthly giving, please contact the FUM office at (765) 962-7573 or email us at info@fum.org.

UPDATE: 2013 Summer Mission Project “Teacher for Teachers”

Imagine the impact of biblical peacemaking, practical tools and training for conflict resolution taught to thousands of children across Kenya. What differences might peacemaking skills make in the classroom, in the lives of families, in neighborhoods and across tribal lines? Imagine Christian-Quaker values formed in the next generation of leaders, business people and community members.

Your generous support in the 2013 Summer Mission Project, Teacher to Teacher, aims toward the dream of biblical peacemaking by equipping and energizing educators of the 1200+ Quaker schools in Kenya. Under the leadership of Zadock Malesi, FUM African Ministries Education Director, FUM hopes to nurture a new generation of young people committed to peace and Friends values.

As of this time (July 31, 2013), nearly $3,000 of the $20,000 goal has been raised. Your investment into the training of these teachers directly impacts the lives of thousands.

Blessings and thanks to everyone who has and is participating in this year’s Summer Mission Project.

FUM North America welcomes new Global Ministries Director

The Richmond FUM office welcomed Global Ministries Director Eden Grace and her family in August. The transition from Kenya to the United States has been filled with opportunities and challenges, but has been going smoothly. The Graces purchased a home in Richmond, Indiana while their sons have settled into their new schools: Isaiah, as a junior at Cambridge School of Weston and Jesse, as a sophomore at Richmond High School. They have also welcomed Kenyan exchange student, Annie Augutu, to their home as she finishes her high school diploma and contemplates which college in the United States she will attend.

When asked of her hopes and dreams of her new position, Eden stated, “After eight and a half years in Africa Ministries, I am excited to learn about the other geographical regions where FUM is active in ministry. I am passionate about global partnership and about my role in facilitating cross cultural relationships that bring the gospel to life.”

FUM looks forward to the gifts and talents of Eden in her new role as Global Ministries Director.

Friends United Press Co-publishes Woolman Source Book

Friends United Press and Wilmington College Peace Resource Center have joined hands in the re-publication of John Woolman: A Nonviolence and Social Change Source Book. Mike Heller and Sterling Olmsted collaborated in editing this second of a series of Source Books that endeavors to introduce historical change agents through journals, writings, letters, autobiographies and essays.

From the editors’ perspective, studying the lives of extraordinary agents of change, the belief structures that sustain them and what they needed in terms of knowledge, skill, community support and social tradition will assist a new generation in becoming more intentional in actions and how those actions have an effect on the human family now and in the future.

John Woolman: A Nonviolence and Social Change Source Book invites readers to study, think and reflect upon injustices occurring in the world today and consider the means to be a change agent. Utilizing John Woolman’s reflections about the inner life, observations from his contemporaries and study guides, Heller and Olmstead illuminate Woolmann’s unique ways of working for nonviolence.

John Woolman: A Nonviolence and Social Change Source Book can be purchased for $12 on the FUM website.

Belize Friends School Update

Along with 13 other city primary schools, Belize Friends School participated in the Belize City swim meet held at the YMCA to celebrate another conclusion of a successful academic year. Our students were enthusiastic participants, swam well, but did not place.

Belize Friends School also had the opportunity to help teacher Miss Candi move from her mother’s home into her own home that she and Anthony, her husband, have remodeled. Shortly after the move, however, Miss Candi’s mother had a massive stroke making it necessary for Miss Candi to take some needed vacation time and minister to her mother.

Usually at this time of the year, enrollment numbers causes us some anxiety as the applications to begin the next school year only consists of one to five students. This year, however, we are praising God for 13 completed enrollments and the expectation for more to register in August and September.

We look forward to moving our mid-morning snack (provided through the generosity of USFWI) to an earlier time as we continue to be part of the Belize City lunch program. It seems hunger will no longer be a problem for our students during school days.

On a more personal note, we consider it pure joy to serve FUM in Belize. This summer our schedule has Sam in the states attending various yearly meetings while Becky holds down the fort in Belize. Two of our children will be attending Barclay College this year. All in all, we are richly blessed.

Stangelands receives Everence Journey Award

Lloyd and Charlotte Stangeland were named the recipients of the 2013 Regional Journey Award from the Everence office in Kalona, Iowa. This award recognizes the work of the Stangelands as they have followed through on a vision to bring a Biblically based peace education curriculum to all primary and secondary students in the country of Kenya.

The award was presented August 1, 2013 during the Iowa Yearly Meeting held at William Penn University. Created in 2001, the Journey Award highlights what people of faith are doing as stewards of their God-given gifts.

“We are excited to present this award to Lloyd and Charlotte for the humble way in which they have demonstrated a commitment to teaching peace to so many with creativity and passion thru S.E.E.D.S. (Seeds Educating Ever Deserving Students),” Jeff Swartzentruber, Everence Regional Director for Iowa said.

The Stangelands are bringing the curriculum to Kenya with the help and passion of many from educators in Iowa to farmers with a vision to help fund the efforts by growing seed corn in country using Kenyan management, workers and networks.

The Stangelands attend LeGrand Friends and Meskwaki Friends Meetings and have been active at College Friends in Oskaloosa as well as providing leadership to Iowa Yearly Meeting. Lloyd and Charlotte currently farm in Marshall County after serving in various financial and teaching positions.

2013–16 USFWi Officers and Secretaries, Approved at Triennial

President/Presiding Clerk: Patricia Shrock, Indiana YM
Secretary/Recording Clerk: Lois Hackney, Wilmington
Treasurer: Martha Jo Jones, North Carolina
Adult Missionary Education: Jan Palmer, Iowa
Children and Youth Missionary Education: Debra Moyer, Iowa
Program Editor: Sarah Lookabill, Western
Literature and Reading Course: Mary Anna McCullen, North Carolina
Christian Service: Jeniffer W. Omwanda, Elgon Religious Society of Friends
Peace & Christian Social Concerns: Pamela Ferguson, Indiana
Stewardship: Maureen Binns, Jamaica
Historian: Marian Baker, New England

The following positions were appointed by the Executive Committee:

The Advocate Editor: Sarabeth Marcinko, Western
Subscription Manager: Etta Florence Winslow, North Carolina
Sarrin Scholarship Fund Committee Clerk: Dinah Geiger, Western

Peace Presentation, October 2 at FUM

You are invited to hear a special presentation “Peace Building After Genocide in Burundi” by David Niyonzima, director of Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Services (THARS) from 6:30-8:30pm at Friends United Meeting, Richmond, Indiana. THARS is a non-governmental organization in Burundi, Africa. You will have the opportunity to hear stories of:

• God’s amazing protection, call and support through a murderous attack that killed friends and students
• The power of forgiveness and the urgency of healing Burundi, a small nation between Tanzania & Congo
• Trauma healing with women and children who suffer from extreme violence and poverty.

QUNO influence recognized

The Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) has been named one of the 100 most influential global actors in armed violence reduction. This recognition was given by Action On Armed Violence, one of the leading organizations in the area of non-violence, and comes as recognition of the work done by Quakers to put this issue on the UN agenda.

QUNO joins international figures such as Kofi Annan, Angelina Jolie and the Dalai Lama on the list. “Like Quakers in general, we tend not to publicize our work but instead just get on and do it,” said Diane Hendrick, associate representative for peace and disarmament at QUNO’s Geneva office. “However, we are glad to be recognized by others and we hope this will help us further increase our effectiveness as we continue.”

Andrew Tomlinson and Jonathan Woolley, directors of the QUNO New York and Geneva offices respectively, were the named individuals on the list. However, Andrew was clear that they were representing many colleagues. “QUNO staff have been working on this issue for decades, in Geneva and New York”, he said. “We’ve supported negotiations on disarmament, advocated for local perspectives in peace building, upheld the need for reconciliation and dialogue and researched links between violence and development.”

Gretchen Castle, the General Secretary of Friends World Committee for Consultation, the international umbrella body of Quakers under whose auspices the UN work is accredited, said, “FWCC, on behalf of Friends around the world, is delighted to hear that QUNO has received this recognition. It is a direct result of the exceptional work of the QUNO team in both New York and Geneva, and it affirms Andrew and Jonathan’s leadership contributions. We can all celebrate the depth of understanding of how Quakers work — using small circles and deep listening, initiating conversations that might not happen otherwise. We are blessed that the QUNO staff has such an appreciation of these processes and are able to use them to great effect.”

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